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The woman behind Beauty.Magic.Transformation: SUE WONG

April 27, 2010

Interview with Sue Wong : A Fashion Philosophy


1. Define fashion design in your own words?  As poetic, artistic, and descriptive as possible..

Fashion is something that’s transitory, and a momentary statement of the times, reflecting that moment’s movement in taste and trend… Style is something that trandscends fashion and trend and has to do with individual, creative and artistic flair…one can be stylish without being trendy or au currant… Style is informed by the individual’s own creative expression…

2. Why are you a fashion designer?  From the roots to where you see yourself in the future ?

My roots are not in fashion, but based in art… I am a visual artist who happens to express my art through fashion and style…it has become my art and my modality for creativity…I originally aspired to be an artist/painter, a pursuit frowned upon by my very traditional Chinese parents, who refused to support my education…therefore, I went into fashion as a secondary choice… Beauty and its pursuit has always been important to me, and something that is essential to my very being… I revel in it; I play in the field of beauty… I am surrounded by art and beauty in all my various environments, I am immersed in it…  On an everyday basis,  I am priviledged enough to create beauty and it courses through my being. It is one of the most important healing agents, and connects me to the Eternal Divine; It is my doorway to the Transcendent. Designing fashion connects me to the Goddess and the Eternal Feminine and the power of the Aphrodite Aspect… It honors the Goddess and therefore, my clothes honors the Goddess within every woman… I use the beauty and power of the Goddess and to honor and to heal my own inner feminine…

3. Where are you from?  Where do you identify with?  How has that affected your designs ?

I was born in rural China, and a child of Mao’s Prolitariat Revolution… My father had fled back to America before I was born, and I only met him for the first time when my mother and I escaped Communist China with nothing more than the clothes on our backs….Growing up in Communist Mainland China and being the daughter of struggling immigrants was a sensory deprivation, as beauty and anything that was rich nourishment for the soul was not essential, and  as such, was discouraged or outright oppressed…In America,  I turned to the iconic fantasy glamour of  the classic goddesses of the Silver Screen, such as Harlow, Garbo, Dietrich for inspiration …  Their glamour, beauty and magic absolutely  left their impression…My creative work, therefore has the imprint of these iconic goddeses written all over it..Mine is a fantasy aesthetic that is informed by romance, beauty and the feminine power of the Goddess, who enchants and empowers…

4. Thoughts about fashion school and education?  Where have you learned the most, etc. ?

I never had but a year of formal training or schooling…everything that I learned was from direct assimilation from being on the job, technically…the rest I brought to the picture through my own essence and energy… I believe talent to be an inborn, inherent  attribute… One is born an artist… You cannot “learn” creativity…It is not something that can be learned, acquired or assimilated… The nucleus of art and creativity has to  exist already from  within…Again, it can only be refined, but not learned nor acquired…

5. What feeling did you have when you witnessed your first runway show / designs, etc. ?

A runway show for a designer is the final realized or actualized   manifestation of the original vision or concept brought to life… It is the completion or the end result of an idea, or a cluster ( a collection) of ideas.The model or muse  IS the finalized ideal vision of  Aphrodite herself in three dimensional form .I like my runways to always be bigger than life…My runway presentations are part fashion showcase and part fashion theatre…They are always full of wit, charm and vitality… They are never just normal basic catwalks!

6. Do you want to say anything about your ethnic perspective in your art and fashion ?

Art precedes fashion…Art and beauty trandscends all boundaries of ethnicity…However,  I am grateful that   my ethnicity is Chinese and that  I  come from an ancient cultural lineage that dates  back over five thousand years in terms  of beauty, civilization  and refinement… The Chinese aesthetics is about refinement, and delicate feminine beauty… The luster and sensuality of silk, the most beautiful textile in the history of civilization was realized in China thousands of years ago… The exquisite embroideries and hand-work techniques that were created by hand many centuries ago, are still employed and incorporated into new designs within my collection every season….

7. What do the following words mean to you:  Beauty?…  Magic?..Transformation ?

Beauty creates magic, and the alchemical agents of magic have the power to transform… Hopefully,when a woman puts on a Sue Wong creation, she is magically transformed into a goddess, because hopefully the power and beauty of the design makes her feel literally like a beautiful  goddess incarnate… My own personal patron goddeses are Athena, goddess of the wisdom sphere; Artemis, the warrior goddess of the hunt; and of course, Aphrodite, the quintessential feminine  goddess of love and beauty….In  the Eastern tradition of Yin and Yang,  I honor  the Yang, male energy in my outer manifestation of being engaged in the world, where I am a very active warrior; and my Yin  is  very much expressed through the work that I do and the beauty which I create, and is most definate and very present in my inner world…They are both equally present forces in my life, and I honor their dual nature, yet  both aspects are in check and balance within our own being… We are all both Yin and Yang.

8. Thoughts about stereotypes in the fashion world?  In confronting opposition ?

I don’t care for hungry ghost fashionistas who take themselves or fashion seriously…such as label whores or attachment to status or terminal fashion victims… I find it  all such a  bore when fashion is taken to that level… Fashion is supposed to be fun and playful and should only be an enhancement to a woman’s beauty. I have no opposition… My biggest competitor is myself, as each time, I strive for a higher level of excellence…

9. Thoughts about language / culture / heritage / countries / diversity

I am inspired not only by the romanticism of certain eras, but by  various ethnic cultures around the planet, depending on what I favor in that particular season…I love the culture from various tribes or ethnicities from around the planet… Not only am I fascinated by their different modes of dress, but by their tribal rituals and their mystical beliefs and their way of life…

10. Visceral, aural, and sensual characteristics about your art ?

All art has to have true emotion…it has to come from the heart…it can come from an intellectual plane, but it will be void of feeling or heart and might be lacking in soulful engagement… It will be strictly cerebral… I prefer not to be merely THINKING about life; I’d much rather be LIVING it!

11. Personal quote(s) of inspiration that you live by ?

The native American quote about beauty as being an essential essence and spiritual mantra in our lives: ” Beauty before me; beauty behind. Beauty to the left of me; Beauty to the right… Beauty above me;  Beauty below … ”

12. Personal inspirations?  Fashion and non-fashion.

Art, Beauty, Poetry, the glory of Nature, Love and Romance, Sex and Sensuality, The Goddess…all of these have a sacred order in the universe…

13. Reflections on love, lust, and romanticism ?

These elements are all  reflected in my work…the work is informed by  a lot of passion and intensity and much sensuality and sexuality; At my core, I am a sensualist and a romantic… I have an intensely dramatic aesthetic sensibility… I like everything strong and intense— there is nothing weak or insipid about my work or about the life that I have lived so far!

14. Any personal struggles in fashion career ?

Finally finding my métier…Designing eveningwear became my calling… I am glad that I heeded the challenge  creatively. Eveningwear offers the opportunity for me  to indulge my fantasy as I am able to unharnass my creative imagination and set it free— it is the most creative category in fashion to play with!

15. Views that mean the world to you…

Be true to oneself,,, have the courage to live in authenticity and be brave and truthful enough to follow one’s bliss…and courageous enough to take the appropriate risks to love, to create… To LIVE!!

16. Types of art you love / dislike ?

I like it all…from Baroque to Minamalism; from the Primitive to the Modern, as long as it’s all good…I have a huge Modern Art collection, mostly the work of many artist friends who are my own creative contemporaries and figurative art from Paris…Any  art  has to be the best of its genre…the best from any given genre inevitably becomes a classic, as it is the best representation of that era and classification.

17. Future ambitions, goals, etc. ?

I wish to build an International, global brand and to build a body of global licenses, as I aspire to complete what I have started in fashion to complete that idea and take it to the highest level of that I am capable of accomplishing.. I wish to see all the places of great beauty and marvel in the world, as I find indigenous cultures around the planet to be fascinating… Their origins and voices speak to the purpose  our own life journey on this plane…   I wish to carry out my creative vision to   build my beautiful personal sanctuary  on my enchanted oceanfront property in Kipahulu, Maui, where it is indeed, heaven on earth! Hopefully, I ‘d like to have someone wonderful and special to share love with and to travel  the rest of the winding journey with one day, where with every twist and turn in the road , there awaits more magic and ever  new adventures..it would be wonderful to pproach the oncoming years together with ever more light, wisdom and understanding…

18. Things you want to improve ?

My consciousness… How to be a more enlightened and compassionate human being…

19. What are you most proud of ?

I finally am confident in my creative work as an artist as I’ve become  a master of my craft after so many years of practice in my chosen profession….

20. Lessons learned

I am still learning new life lessons every single day,  as life is an ever unfolding collection of new lessons…It is a fascinating and most intriguing journey! I wouldn’t have missed this incredible ride for anything! I just wished that we were all given a lifespan of about 500 years, as there is so much to see, to do and to experience! There is not enough time given within this lifetime to do it all!

21. Personal values?

To walk in honor and in integrity… It is all that we really have and all that really matters…it is something that comes from the essence of the soul… When one loses one’s integrity, everything is lost, as we will have sold our souls to the Devil— the Devil being our own individual chief evil desires— usually governed by the falsity and illusion of Ego. Integrity and honor are non-negotiable truths…

22. Other interests?

Art, Architecture, Decor,  Literature, Cinema, Theater, Philosophy, Travel, Fashion, Cuisine, everything that builds and creates  civilization…

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Credits and Interview belong to Sue Wong


The Inner Lover by Agapi Stassinopoulos

March 22, 2010

The Inner Lover

by Agapi Stassinopoulos


 

I could walk on water so you’ll know I love you

I could give you wings and you can come flying with me

And you will know I love you

I could do arabesque and pirouettes

Dance the polka or drop a million stars at your feet

And you will know I love you

Or I could have every blade of grass

Sing ”I loe you”, in harmony till

Every cell of your billion cell

Will hear it loud and clear

But your mind somehow still won’t believe it

So I wait in the corner for you to turn around

Letting you search for me

Going through your ups and downs

Take the million mile journey

Do sidda yoga postures until the cows come home

Wait and cry, ”Were are you !?”

Feel hurt, betrayed, rejected, alone and abandoned

I’ll let you do all that

Because when you find me

You’ll feel it’s worthwhile

So I’m not going to take the journey away from you

I won’t deny  you the right to know

That you now deserve to know me

I, however, never put conditions in my love

You did

I threw a million daisy petals at your feet

So you can play the game

”He loves me, he loves me not”

But you somehow managed to always end it

In the Not

So I will let you be in your search for me

Till one moment you’ll exhale, let go, turn around

And you will fall in my embrace

And know the immensity of my Love

And that you and I are One.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday  Agapi mou!

A True Goddess yourself! A garden full of Love and Inspiration and I couldn’t love you more!

 

 

“Agapi Stassinopoulos is an authentic, genuine and inspirational speaker who
knows how to connect with and move her audience. She brings out the beauty,
power and independence of the Greek Gods and Goddesses and the archetypes in
all of us.” – Deepak Chopra, author of Path to Love, The Chopra Center for Well Being

 

The Invitation ~ by ORIAH

March 1, 2010

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

http://www.oriah.org/

Luncheon reception with His Holiness The Dalai Lama

February 21, 2010

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama , Los Angeles 2010


February 20, 2010 , Whole Child International , a charity organization dedicated to improving orphanage care-giving,  welcomed His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Los Angeles,  to receive their first Whole Child International Humanitarian Award.

I was honored to be invited  and join this Luncheon Reception held in the Hotel Montage, Beverly Hills,  on the theme of “Children’s Intimate Relationships in the Early Years – the Root of Compassion”.

Among the attendees, were Nilmini Rubin, Senior Member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Ruth Levine from the Center for Global Development; Gary Newton, U.S. Government Special Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children; Robert McCall, Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development; along with remarkable, every-child’s-favorite Doctor, Dr. Harvey Karp and his beautiful wife and my friend as well, director & producer Nina Montee Karp.

Karen Gordon, founder of Whole Child International , which is dedicated towards improving the lot of orphans worldwide by shifting the focus in orphan care from speed and efficiency to love and compassion, introduced the organization.

Whole Child International seeks to change in the way orphanages function: management, the caregiver’s relationship to the orphan and the physical environment for the child.

First thing he did when His Holiness The Dalai Lama went up on stage, is to take off his shoes and sit cross legs, comfortable in his chair. “Firstly children are also human beings , and therefore should have human rights. Secondly, our hope for a better future entirely depends on the younger generation.”

His Holiness spoke about Compassion.

“We must build the next generation to be a more compassionate generation. If children receive maximum affection when they are growing up, then they will grow to be better human beings.”

When asked about those motherless children and what is our all responsibility, His Holiness answered: ” Like among many mammals, humans’ big brains is what make us different. ”

” Many problems are our own creation, he continued, because too many emotions have clouded our perspective and we can’t see the big picture.”

Since a calm, more compassionate mind is essential, His Holiness urged families with children to bring up their children to be more compassionate.

“If the planet becomes more compassionate, then many problems automatically cease.” To ensure that humanity is healthy, the next generation should be brought up in a healthy way. “Our whole hope remains with them. They are the humanity of the 21st century.”

What an Honor indeed, to be in that same room with His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama!

Thank YouKaren Gordon , for making this possible. Never Loose Your Vision !

You have all my support and help to ensure that every child gets the chance to become a whole person.

Today, February 21, 2009, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama was interviewed by Larry King for Larry Kind Live CNN, on a private house in Beverly Hills, CA.

Larry King started off by asking about His Holiness’s meeting with President Obama and asked what His Holiness wanted from Obama.

He mentioned his three main commitments: promotion of human values, promotion of religious harmony and the Tibetan issue. His Holiness requested President Obama to urge the Chinese government for dialogue and contact with the Tibetans, and requested help, such as scholarships for Tibetans in refugee communities as well as Tibetans in Tibet.

Larry King asked His Holiness if America could maintain good relations with China while at the same time supporting Tibetan independence. He answered that there was no contradiction in keeping good relations with China and supporting Tibet because they were not seeking independence but a genuine autonomy. ” Our concern is basic rights for the six million Tibetans inside Tibet. Every Tibetan wants a modernized Tibet” and to remain part of China can ensure this. He called his approach the Middle Way approach and stressed, “Our approach is in the best interest of China.”

His Holiness particularly emphasized the role of education in developing compassion so that intellectual development is concurrent with moral development. He urged that children should be taught the value of compassion when they are small. He said that Tibetan parents teach their children not to kill insects and the children grow up to value all life. ”If children do not value insect life, that can be a slippery slope to devaluing all life.” He also pointed out that compassion reduces blood pressure, tension and stress, and induces sound sleep and good digestion. His Holiness said, “The real healing power is compassion.”

http://www.dalailama.com



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What to remember when waking

November 20, 2009

In that first
hardly noticed
moment
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
moveable
and frighteningly
honest
world
where everything
began,
there is a small
opening
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
wholeheartedly
will make plans
enough
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
night
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
presence
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love?  What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?

~ David Whyte ~

(The House of Belonging)

Linda Taylor for GUESS MARCIANO

November 16, 2009

Campaign for GUESS – GUESS by Marciano

Los Angeles, CA 2009


Linda Taylor for GUESS

Linda Taylor for GUESS MARCIANO

Linda Taylor for GUESS by Marciano

My Birthday Wish

October 9, 2009

My 31 birthday wish

Because I feel grateful for what I have, for having a childhood that others don’t get same chance to have,  I take this opportunity of giving back, as a REAL GIFT !!

Helping and supporting children from all over the world, for me, that is what real  beauty of giving is all about !

Thank you all considering this, supporting one another reach our potential and making a difference.

This is my cause

UNICEF

UNICEF Cause



Mission: Help children around the globe.


UNICEF has been fighting for children’s rights for over 60 years, and they have proven to be the world’s leading advocate for children’s rights. They influence world leaders to make the world a safer place for the youngest generation, and they continue fighting to help those who are not big enough to fight for themselves. Whether it is raising money for vaccination or educated a town, UNICEF has done whatever it takes to bring a good quality of life to impoverished children. One cannot begin to touch on all UNICEF has done, but please visit http://www.unicef.org to learn more.

This is why I’m donating my birthday

This particular cause is something I really care about. Plus, I don’t need any presents…so why not use my birthday to do something good for the world? Thank you for being with me in this. Thank you all for your support!

This is what I’m asking of my friends

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